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Kids Deserve Families – and Futures

By Glen Casel, president & CEO of Embrace Families On any given day in Central Florida, there are close to 3,000 children in the care of our community, many of them in foster care.  Kids don’t enter the child welfare system because they have done anything…

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Visit Florida International Marketing Update

To keep our industry partners abreast of the current situation in priority international markets (Canada, the UK, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Germany), here is the latest Situational Analysis . This document includes information regarding quarantines, borders, economy, airlines, restrictions, trade, and sentiment for each country. For questions, please contact…

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Update to the Term “Close Contact” During COVID-19

By Diego A. Sanchez, CSP, ASP, CHST, OHST Sponsord by:  Florida Chamber Safety Council The Center for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the term ‘Close Contact’ as it relates to COVID-19. Updated October 21, 2020, ‘Close contact’ now means 15 total minutes of exposure…

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Chairwoman’s Article November 2020

November is here, Thanksgiving is just a few days away and Christmas is right around the corner.  Although this has been a challenging year filled with tremendous angst, it is important that we do not lose sight of the numerous blessings and remember to be thankful.  On a personal level, I am…

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Orange County Government Updates – November 13, 2020

Mayor Demings announced another $30 million dollars will be available for the Orange CARES for Individuals and Family Assistance Program. The program will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19. Residents who have already received funding from the previous Individual and Family Assistance Program…

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Orlando Health launches Preferred Education Program

Orlando Health team members who want to pursue an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or certificate at Valencia College, can do so without incurring any out-of-pocket costs. Effective December 1, 2020, the healthcare system will launch its Preferred Education Program which allows team members to attend Valencia College and pay nothing…

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Orange County Residents Impacted by COVID-19 Can Receive Limited-Time-Only, High-Demand Skills Training at No Cost Plus a Weekly Stipend through CareerSource Central Florida’s Help is Here Program

Orlando, Fla., — Florida’s second largest regional workforce board continues its commitment to assist Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through CareerSource Central Florida’s (CSCF) Help is Here program. The organization has received additional financial support from Orange County Government to provide complimentary scholarships…

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Orlando Magic Announce New Marketing Brand Campaign, Magic Together

ORLANDO – In continuing to build off of the Orlando Magic’s commitment to the Central Florida community and its fans, the team has unveiled its new marketing brand campaign, Magic Together. The campaign represents the united front the Magic forges with the fans bound by a common passion and love for…

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Orlando Health launches Preferred Education Program

Orlando Health team members who want to pursue an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or certificate at Valencia College, can do so without incurring any out-of-pocket costs. Effective December 1, 2020, the healthcare system will launch its Preferred Education Program which allows team members to attend Valencia College and pay nothing…

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We NEED Your Input for 2020, It’s a Wrap – Celebrating & Honoring Our Own

The West Orange Chamber Team is working on our end-of-the-year in-person event, “2020, It’s a Wrap – Celebrating & Honoring Our Own”.  At the event, we want to celebrate everyone for enduring this year, AND we want to honor those who did just more than endure.  Please help us to identify the Chamber Members…

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Why Recycling Matters – and How to Do It Right

Did you know that one recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours? Or that thrifting for a shirt instead of buying one new can save more than 700 gallons of water? If not, don’t worry: November 15, 2020 is National Recycling Day – a…

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Shepherd’s Hope adopts dental program

When the West Orange Health Alliance awarded Shepherd’s Hope a $600,000 grant earlier this year, part of the goal was to bring emergent dental care under the organization’s umbrella. COVID-19 slowed things down, but Shepherd’s Hope already has been able to help change lives by offering the dental acute-care services.

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